Sunderland are battling to convince Roberto di Matteo about taking the manager's job.

The Daily Star says Black Cats director of football Roberto Di Fanti has recommended his fellow Italian to replace the sacked Paolo Di Canio.

But sources close to Di Matteo, who famously led Chelsea to Champions League glory before his controversial sacking 11 months ago, claim he is in no hurry to get back to work.

Di Matteo, who is still being paid around £40,000 a week by Chelsea until the end of the season, turned down an approach by Leeds United earlier this year.

"Roberto is enjoying his break away from football and while he is looking at the market, Sunderland may not be the solution," said the source.

"He knows that with his managerial record, there will be other options in the weeks ahead."